Updated May 14, 2020
KOSU is committed to being your spot for community voices and factual information during turbulent times, like the COVID-19 pandemic. We know life has changed for everyone around the world and we're looking for people like you to share your stories and record this unprecedented time in our history.
Help us create a space where communities can gather and listen to each other's stories. We are together, even when we are apart.
You can take part in Oklahoma's COVID-19 history. Here's how:
How to Participate in Audio Diaries
We are looking for individuals to record a snapshot or three consecutive audio diaries with us about your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.
1.) Record using a voice memo app on your smart phone. Please follow these guidelines to maximize your audio quality:
- Make sure you are in a quiet area to record
- Turn your smart phone on silent mode so you will not hear notifications as you record
- Make sure when you are ready to begin recording you can see the numbers running - this is how you know you’re recording.
- Introduce yourself in the recording. (Ex: I'm Kateleigh Mills from Oklahoma City. I'm a reporter for KOSU.)
- Hold your phone up to your ear, like you would a regular phone call. This method will keep the mic on your phone in a close location to your mouth (about a fist away).
- Hit the stop button on your voice memo app and save the file.
- Please send ambient recordings to accompany your story. (Ex: Say you talk about how the pandemic has caused you to take more walks - record yourself during one of those walks and get the natural sounds you hear around you - birds chirping, footsteps, people greeting each other, etc.)
2.) Please answer at least 2 of the prompts provided below in a recording no longer than 4 minutes. Please be specific and paint us a picture with your descriptions (Examples: When telling us about gardening, tell us what plants or vegetables you're growing. When talking about spending time in your house, tell us what style it is or what color or materials are on the outside of it.)
- How do you feel about state and local leaders starting to open up businesses?
- How long have you been in self-quarantine and how are you spending your time?
- What does your new normal look like?
- How has social-distancing/ self-quarantine/ self-isolation impacted your health (physical, mental) and how are you coping?
- Have you known anyone to test positive for COVID-19? How did that affect your relationship with them?
- Have you lost a loved one to this pandemic?
- Are you a senior graduating this year? How has COVID-19 impacted you and how do you feel about it?
- How are you gathering/creating a community from afar?
- What concerns you most about your community or the country in the coming year?
- What do you want people to understand about your community?
- Are you working from home for the first time? What has that been like?
- How is homeschooling your children for the first time? (Consider recording your child’s response to this prompt, if you wish.)
- Are you pregnant or have you just had a baby?
- How are you connecting with your loved ones during this time?
- What does the future hold for you in this uncertain time?
- When was the last time you cried and why?
- How has your dating life been impacted by COVID-19?
- Have you had meaningful conversations with loved ones during this time? What is something that stands out to you and why?
- What are you missing the most right now? A person? A community? A type of outing?
- Tell us about your grocery shopping experiences.
3.) Please email your audio and any other additional material (photos/videos) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
KOSU is proud to partner with the Oklahoma Historical Society to record and store responses that may be featured on air. The recordings you send to KOSU will belong to the Oklahoma Historical Society for research purposes and may be used in museum exhibits, broadcasting, internet web sites and publications.
The stories created through Audio Diaries are produced in partnership with America Amplified, a CPB-funded initiative to use community engagement to inform local journalism.
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